IRON MOUNTAIN - Kenneth W. Wickman, 78, of Iron Mountain, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1933, the son of the late Wallace and Adeline Strolberg Wickman.
Ken graduated from Kingsford High School in 1951. He spent two years in an apprenticeship at Ford Motor Co. for tool and die making. He then went to work at Detroit Kellering and Republic Die and Tool. Ken moved back to Iron Mountain in 1963, where he and his father started Wickman Welding. He retired from Wickman Welding in 1995.
Ken married Patricia Gibson on Nov. 14, 1953, at Augustana Lutheran Church in Detroit. Together the couple raised six children, Susan, Debbie, Dale, Gary, Tim, and Dan. The couple had a family camp for more than 40 years and spent 17 winters in Apache Junction, Ariz.
Ken's first love was his wife, Pat. His second love was trout fishing on Lake Superior out of Skanee, Mich. He also enjoyed going to camp, hunting, and cutting wood. He was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher, greeter, and church council member.
Ken enjoyed 31 wonderful years in AA fellowship, where he touched the lives of many individuals.
Ken is survived by his wife, Patricia; five children, Susan (Rick) Lundholm of Iron Mountain, Debbie (Gene) Davis of Kingsford, Dale Wickman of Mission Viejo, Calif., Tim (Erin) Wickman of Gladstone, and Dan Wickman of Kingsford; a daughter-in-law, Jill Wickman of Covington, Ohio; one brother, David (Jan) Wickman of Vulcan; two sisters, Marlene (Richard) Azarovitz of Detroit, and Sharon (John) Fredrickson of Kingsford; seven grandchildren, Craig Charette, Carrie Charette, Peter (Lindsay) Cummings, Andy Cummings, Jessica Wickman, Hannah Wickman, and Mikayla Wickman; six step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, with one due in July; 13 step great-grandchildren, with one due in February; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Major Gary Wickman; a son-in-law, Don Charette; and a step-grandson, Michael.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. Stephen Cowen and Rev. Lee Liverance will co-officiate.
Burial will be in Quinnesec Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ken's sons and grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be made to some of Ken's favorite charities/organizations.
Condolences to the family of Kenneth W. Wickman may be expressed online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.